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UAE sets up ministries for HAPPINESS and TOLERANCE

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By Euronews
UAE sets up ministries for  HAPPINESS and TOLERANCE

<p>New government ministries of Happiness, Tolerance and Youth Affairs have been created in the United Arab Emirates.</p> <p><span class="caps">UAE</span> Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also Ruler of Dubai, made the announcement at the World Government Summit this week.</p> <p>Ohood Al Roumi takes the new job of Minister of Happiness.<br /> She will also keep her previous function of General Manager of the Office of the Prime Minister. She’ll have a long commute as the Federal Government is based in the federal capital Abu Dhabi and the PM’s office in Dubai.</p> <p>She will be flanked by Lubna Al-Qassimi at the newly created Ministry of Tolerance. Al-Qassimi is also Minister of International Cooperation and Development, which is a vital part of the UAE’s diversification strategy for the economy.</p> <p>From 2011 to 2015, she topped the most influent Arab women’s power list.</p> <p>Another new-born Ministry, of Youth Affairs, goes to 22-year Shamma Mazroui, who holds a Master’s degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.</p> <p>The new government is made of 29 ministers in total, eight newly created, five of these eight are women and the average age is 38.<br /> according to the national press agency <span class="caps">WAM</span>.</p> <p>With its energy wealth, the <span class="caps">UAE</span>, has been able to avoid the turmoil which has engulfed large swathes of the Middle East.</p> <p>The country, which has changed beyond recognition as a result of economic immigration in recent decades says it is now focusing on better integration within its society</p> <p>The immense majority of the workforce in the <span class="caps">UAE</span> is made of foreigners with only a few Emiratis filling mid-level jobs. This helps explain why the Ministry of Labor has been renamed Ministry of Emiratisation.</p> <p>However in the UN’s happiness list the country ranks 20th, just ahead of the UK, a position it is clearly hoping to improve.</p> <p><strong>Picture caption:</strong> L-R Lubna Al Qassimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, Shamma Al Mazroui, Minister of state for Youth affairs.</p>